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Why Critical Theory Rejects Equality | OnlySubs with James Lindsay, Ep. 64

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New Discourses Logo  fiber_manual_record  Oct 7th, 2021

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Critical Race Theory takes most of its aim on the idea of colorblind equality, which it hates. It views colorblind equality as a means by which existing inequities multiply themselves. That is, it believes that equality fools racial minorities into believing they have more freedom and opportunities than societal structures truly allow (to paraphrase Robin DiAngelo on the point). In the sad world of Critical Race Theory analysis, those who start out ahead in life will obviously get further ahead, while those who start out behind will only get further behind. This is why it hates equality and colorblindness. Obviously, it's wrong about this. The underdog often can and does work hard in a free and equal society to catch up and pass those who started out ahead, and those who start out ahead often squander their advantage (in their privilege). In this episode of my subscribers-only podcast, James Lindsay OnlySubs, I explore this idea and the psychological mentality that fuels it. The Critical Theory belief in structural and material determinism combined with its emphasis on an external locus of control and enabling dependency are at the bottom of it, and it's completely the wrong way to think. Join me to learn more about this seemingly paradoxical view from the nightmare world of Critical Theory. -James Lindsay

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